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Teachers will get their regular pay for Summer Bridge



This round goes to the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association.

Teachers will earn their regular rate of pay, minus referendum dollars, for teaching summer classes as part of the school district's new Summer Bridge program, district officials told the Gradebook today. Superintendent Mike Grego wanted to pay teachers a flat rate -a rate that was less than most experienced teachers earn, according to the union. (Grego declined to specify. Union officials put the rate at about $24 an hour.) But Kim Black, union president, said contract language is clear that teachers should be paid their regular rate for summer classes.

She also said she didn't want to encourage the notion of "discounted teaching." (See our past story.)

It could be interesting to see if the pay rate ends up affecting the scope of the six-week program. Enrollment will dictate how many teachers are needed - registration is going on now - but Grego said previously that the program could be scaled back if he didn't reach an agreement with the union.

The district identified about 12,000 students for enrollment based on their academic performance. The program is intended to curb summer learning losses among struggling students. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5:51pm]


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